Thursday, October 23, 2008

Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) from Meijer

So, recently I wrote about hearing on NPR that certain stores in Michigan were going to be offering CFL bulbs at a discount due to an energy initiative sponsored by the state. A friend of mine had told me about having problems with quality when it came to the Meijer brand bulbs so I was wary of trying them out - especially since I just had another recently purchased CFL go. However, last week I received a coupon for Meijer for $1.00 off my next purchase, and I didn't see anything on it about an exclusion so, I thought I would combine it with the sale price and score some CFLs cheap!

If you've been following along in my blog, one of my goals each month is to change over as many fixtures as I can to CFLs. The trick is, I don't like the color or quality of the CFL light. I love the way an incandescent bulb looks - and suspect that I always will. However, I have had too much success with dropping my energy bills not to want to keep going!

They had 6 packs of CFLs for $5.99. With my $1.00 coupon, I paid $.83 for each. That is a bargain since frequently I see bulbs running $2 - $3 a piece! Tonight I'll see how many I can install. As always, I'll be sure and let you know what I think of them.

One problem with this fabulous plan is that many of my fixtures are on dimmers and for right now CFLs will not work properly on dimmers. It is really annoying! However, I am planning on replacing not only some bulbs at the homestead but also taking some up with me when I head up north. I have several lamps that could use these types of bulbs - in fact, most of them could. I don't think I have one dimmer up north!

Unfortunately my little bargain will come in too late this month to make a big difference on my bill. It's a shame, but so be it. I know it can only help for November!


Brent V said...

I noticed your mention of Meijer and had the thought that Meijer can help you save money (I do work for Meijer, but I like saving money just like you). Have you checked out the Meijer Mealbox widget. It's great for meal planning and coupons...

Dawn said...

Thanks Brent!